PDWRA at Crufts 2018

PDWRA will be at Crufts this year!

Come and meet loads of our gorgeous rescue pugs and our volunteers on Saturday, 10 March at Crufts at the NEC.

Pug hugs are available all day in Hall 3A!

Find us on the rescue stand between the Kennel Club ring and The Good Citizen Dog Scheme.  You will be able to spot our pugs in their bright green bandanas and our volunteers sporting their green PDWRA t-shirts!

Come and say hello and show your support!

You can also find the PDWRA shop selling our merchandise in Hall 4 (back right corner) by the pug breed rings 21/22.  We have lots of exclusive new merchandise to sell on the day too!



45 years of rescuing pugs

 Our Sapphire Anniversary will be celebrated on Sunday, 8 July 2018

at Elite Venue, Dunkirk Close, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5ND


Grounds open at 10am, Show starts at 11am in all rings

Dog Show for all breeds in 2 rings

Special Pug Classes with beautiful Sapphire rosettes

Enter on the day, £2 per entry and all breeds welcome

 Pug Obstacle Course with prizes and rosettes

Children’s games – Lots of rosettes to be won!

Street food stands and licensed bar, stalls, super raffle, tombola and PDWRA merchandise 

Vintage catering van with Pop Up Pug Cafe 

Chairs!!  Please bring your own chairs.

BARK IN THE PARK on Sunday 8 July DA12 5ND from 10am

Email enquiries : info.barkinthepark@nullaol.co.uk


Remember to save your Christmas stamps for PDWRA

Please remember to save your Christmas stamps for PDWRA!  


At the end of every quarter, the buyer weighs up all the PDWRA stamp donations and sends us a cheque which goes straight into the Association’s coffers.  The buyer is now paying us £10 per kilo, which is a really valuable source of funds for PDWRA.  So please keep on sending the stamps to our buyer at the address above, and we thank you for your continuing support.

Winter Parties : snow forces cancellations

Thank you to the many members of the Pugs & Squishy Faced Breeds of Lowestoft group who braved the dreadful weather and came along to the Christmas Meet Up on Sunday 10 December.
A massive thank you to Claire Owen and her staff at The Waterways Tea Room, Great Yarmouth, for such a lovely welcome and yummy goodies.
The fantastic sum of £250 was raised for PDWRA!
squishy 2017
Sadly 2 Winter Parties this year had to be cancelled due to heavy snow.
The South Staffs Pug Club with PDWRA Christmas Pug Party at Slitting Mill and the North Herts Pugs first Pugmas Pawty at Biggleswade were both due to be held on Sunday 10 December, but the heavy snow and dangerous roads at both venues necessitated the cancellations.
Penny, Ellie and their teams are very disappointed but the safety of pugs and their people is paramount.
STOP PRESS – see North Herts Pugs FB page for details of their new party date in January 2018!


Another big thank you to Cheshire Pugs who raised a fantastic £780 for PDWRA at their Christmas Party on 2 December.

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 It was a lovely party and good to meet some of the rescue pugs from Central Area.  Thank you everyone for coming and supporting PDWRA.

Photos by Kelly Rawlins



A massive thank you to Jakki, Dave and the Manchester Pug Thing – a newly formed meet up group of around 8 weeks – they had their Christmas Party on 3 December and raised a staggering £1687.10 for PDWRA!

Here are Jakki and Dave presenting Andrea Slater, PDWRA Trustee, with the cheque.




Fostering a pug for PDWRA

Please visit the Adoption & Fostering section here on our website, where an application form to foster a pug for PDWRA is now available for you to complete online.

We would ask you to please read through carefully the notes which accompany the online form, before you complete and send the form to us.

Sandbach party – report and photos

Sandbach 2017

PDWRA Chairman Alison Mount writes:

Last Sunday was the much looked forward to Sandbach Garden Party hosted by the West Pennine PDC at the home of Becky and Stephen Willis.  PDWRA is fortunate in being included in the invitation and we are extremely grateful to everyone on the committee who make us so welcome.  Once again, Judith Coulter and Dawn Bailey supervised the Agility, putting many pugs and ODs through their paces.  Both Peter and I were greatly relieved when Catherine Rutherford “volunteered” to see the games through, leaving us to man the merchandise stand.  The occasion was relaxing, happy and thoroughly enjoyable and there are some great photographs of both people and dogs – just click on the links below.  The fancy dress was fun and the well-attended welfare parade was frankly very moving.  Thank you WPPDC for letting us share your day.  I know exactly how much hard work goes into getting everything ready and dismantling afterwards.

Photographs by Kelly Rawlins can be viewed here
Sandbach 2017 Gallery

Photographs by Paul Worpole can be viewed here
Sandbach 2017 Gallery 2



Pugs and Squishy Faced Breeds of Lowestoft party – report and photos


Huge thanks to everyone who made this event such a success.

A special thank you to Jo Fuller who donated the use of the garden at The Avenue Pub, Great Yarmouth, and made the day possible.

Thank you for all the donations.

A fabulous £607.05 was raised for PDWRA.  We are all so grateful to you.




View some more of the photographs taken at the Pugs & Squishy Faced Breeds of Lowestoft party here







Steventon Garden Party – report and photos

PDWRA - Garden Party 2017 (Steventon)

PDWRA Chairman, Alison Mount, writes:

The annual PDWRA garden party was held for the first time in Oxfordshire at Steventon. The hall there was much larger than the dear old one at Crowhurst and we also hired the small hall as an additional wet weather facility which thankfully we did not have to use. The rest of the facilities are excellent and it is understandably a very popular venue although the parking is a bit tight. The format is never changed and Sophie Mount-Thurston hosted the games outside for children of all ages and all varieties of dog next to the agility ring which was run by Judith and Robin Coulter and Dawn Bailey.

Inside, the tombola was under the supervision of Janet Thomson who manages to gather masses of prizes over the year. She was helped by Sue Quiney, Sylvia Liffen and Pat Hicks Plant. The merchandise had plenty of room to display all our goods and this was supervised by Richard Pallister, Adrian Brewer, Telsha Arora and my husband who has in his retirement done a new stock control and re-packed everything to a point where I am no longer sure where anything is!

Lynne Kellow is our new Fundraiser and along with her husband Steve, supervised the raffle arrangements with Claire Estcourt and Liz Woodroffe out in the field selling. Certainly the prizes were really top quality and a huge effort was made.

Jeanette Field displayed an amazing collection of pug collectables which we lovingly call the “antiques and antiquities.” All these items have been donated and rather like our Welfare pugs find new owners and homes.

In the kitchen, the spread of sandwiches and cakes was managed by Amanda Clark, Kay Greene and Wendy Johnson and I am sure nobody went home hungry. With the extra space we were able to set up some tables and chairs not too far away from the food which was appreciated by many.

The auction had some lovely things on offer which included fawn and black canvasses painted by Claire Estcourt and a lovely dog bed donated by Christine Reynolds Garofalo of Simply Puggery and some porcelain expresso cups and saucers and a cappuccino set donated by a vet friend of Kay Greene.

Everyone was very generous and I think we all returned home exhausted but happy.

Photos can be viewed by clicking on the link below:



Dry Eye Awareness Month

One in 22 dogs are at risk of blindness due to eye disease

How to recognise a ‘Cry’ for help during Dry Eye Awareness Month

A recent survey1 discovered that nearly half (46%) of dog owners were not aware that dogs can potentially suffer from Dry Eye, a condition that affects the equivalent of around 375,000 dogs in the UK.2

As part of Dry Eye Awareness Month, Bayer, distributors of Remend™ Dry Eye Lubricant drops are warning dog owners of the potentially serious risks to their pet’s eyesight if this condition is left unnoticed and are encouraging them to have their dog’s tear production tested regularly by their vet.

Dry Eye is a condition where insufficient tears are produced by the tear glands. It is usually due to the destruction of a dog’s tear glands – rendering them unable to produce the normal amount of tears. This condition leads to severe discomfort and, if left untreated can progress to have very serious consequences, including scarring and even blindness.

For predisposed breeds, such as Pugs, Cocker Spaniels, West Highland White Terriers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, the risk can be as much as a 20 per cent chance of developing the condition3. As the early signs are often subtle, it is not always easy to detect, even for those keeping a keen eye on their pet.

Dry Eye symptoms can vary but the most obvious signs are:

  • • Repeated episodes of conjunctivitis or ulcers in the eye(s)
  • • Signs of discomfort in the eye(s)
  • • Excessive blinking or rubbing of the eye(s)
  • • Discharge from the eye(s)
  • • A dry or dull appearance of the eye(s)
  • • Redness of the eye(s)

Chris Dixon, an ophthalmologist at Veterinary Vision referral practice explains: “Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS), also known as Dry Eye, is one of the most common ocular conditions vets can see in dogs. Unfortunately we often see cases where the condition has not been noticed, and dogs have sadly developed long term damage as a result. Early diagnosis is essential and can have a significant impact on the long-term prognosis for affected pets. Your vet can perform a simple test in just a few minutes to detect if your dog has the initial symptoms of Dry Eye, and if he or she is one of the predisposed breeds it is highly recommended to have your dog tested annually.

Alongside treatment for the underlying condition, vets will usually recommend the use of artificial tears; such as Remend™ Dry Eye Lubricant drops. The use of artificial tears is important in helping to manage canine Dry Eye effectively and to keep animals as comfortable as possible.

To help communicate the effects of unmanaged Dry Eye, Bayer have launched the ‘Eye Promise’ social media pledge, which invites dog owners to commit to proactively testing and treating their dog. View the pledge on the Jungle For Pets Facebook page – www.facebook.com/jungleforpets

For more information on Dry Eye and how it can affect your dog go to: http://www.remend.co.uk

PDWRA would like to thank Bayer Animal Health for their permission to post this information on our website.